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What kind of pleco is this?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquariums & Fish Photos' started by nossie, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. nossie

    nossie Thread Starter Member

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    I bought a pleco last week, and I am wondering exactly which one this is. I want to know so that I can give him a proper diet since some plecos are vegetarians and some aren't. If he needs live foods, I'd like you to share some feeding techniques, to make it sink and make sure he'll find it!

    (Move the thread if it doesn't fit in this section) For now he's pretty much only eating algae.
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  2. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    I've never seen one like that before. Very interesting looking. Maybe someone else has an idea.
     
  3. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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    I got a few ideas, need a pic of it from the side and off the wood to be certain.
     
  4. nossie

    nossie Thread Starter Member

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    I have a picture like that, only that it's a bit blurry. You should see the main shape of him though! (he's got some small spikes along his sides)
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  5. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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    I sent you a message and forwarded the pics to my mate in scotland, he is a big pleco finatic and breeder. If he doesnt know I got a local friend who will know
     
  6. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    Peckoltia Species it what it looks like to me L-121 perhaps.
     
  7. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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    Here you go

    "Hi Mate

    Its a bit hard to tell from this pic as its slightly blurry. But from what I can make out....it's a common Gibbiceps. Possibly a high fin Gibbicep.

    Gibbicep. Goes under L021 Liposarcus Paradilis
    Comes from Brazil: Rio Araguaia near the joining of Rio Tocantins. Cave egg spawner: cant be bred in the aquarium as they live in mud caves in the banks of the river. Temp 22-25..72-77f
    PH 6.5 to 7.2 omnivourous
    These get big ...30cm plus ..I have seen some much bigger than 30cm...need a large tank. And in the wild they follow the Pirahnas and eat from the scraps of food...scavengers.

    Nice fish. there is another that looks very similar to this....its the L001 it has the same shape as a gibby but has gold spots ...it seems to take longer to grow...although still reaches a similar size to the gibby...but I have never seen an L001 over 11 inches....but I have seen Gibbiceps nearing 2ft.

    Regards
    Mark."
     
  8. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    It doesn't look like any common I have ever seen but I no expert.
     
  9. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    After looking up picture of L-021, it doesn't look like anything above... To me at least.
     
  10. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    My vote is for a Peckoltia species still
     
  11. James0816

    James0816 New Member

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    Yeah...pic is a bit blurry for a good ID. Can you get a better shot of him? Maybe even one with his fin up? That would help greatly!
     
  12. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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    I myself am torn between two that resemble the pleco you posted the most

    LDA65 or an L121

    plecoplanet.com
     
  13. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    It's head to me doesn't look broad enough to be a panaque species.
     
  14. WhiteGloveAquatics

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  16. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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    except that pleco. Ive been all over PC trying to find it.
     
  17. James0816

    James0816 New Member

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    See if you can get a better/clearer pic of it. Post it here and there. We'll get you an ID..one way or the other. :D
     
  18. nossie

    nossie Thread Starter Member

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    Wow, thanks for all the replies! :D I'll check out all the links and see what I can make out of it myself too :)

    For now I'm posting a few more photos of him, hope they're better! My camera is a pretty old and miserable thing D:

    Two of the pics are almost the same, but I thought the more references the better :D
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  19. WhiteGloveAquatics

    WhiteGloveAquatics New Member

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    sent him the new pics, it really looks like a common L023 to me after several pic comparisons.
     
  20. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    With the new pics it does look quite a bit like a common now.